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Millions slated for cleaning Connecticut's contaminated sites

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The federal government said this week that it will invest nearly $7 million to clean up and redevelop contaminated properties across the state.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the money will come from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and be used for brownfield remediation.

Brownfields are contaminated properties – often found in underserved communities – where redevelopment can be costly and complicated.

The EPA said the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments will get nearly $4 million to help clean up these sites.

New London, New Haven, Stratford, Vernon, Waterbury and West Haven will also get money to help clean up everything from a school to an old button factory.

The EPA said in a statement that “projects can range from cleaning up buildings with asbestos or lead contamination to assessing and cleaning up abandoned properties that once managed dangerous chemicals.”

“Brownfield remediation is vital to the economic development, environmental safety and public health of our community,” said U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-5th District) in a statement.

“I am thrilled that over $4 million will go to Waterbury and surrounding communities for the assessment and redevelopment of brownfield sites,” Hayes said. “This funding will bring a cleaner, healthier environment and increased economic opportunity for areas that have faced obstacles to growth.”

Patrick Skahill is a reporter and digital editor at Connecticut Public. Prior to becoming a reporter, he was the founding producer of Connecticut Public Radio's The Colin McEnroe Show, which began in 2009. Patrick's reporting has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, Here & Now, and All Things Considered. He has also reported for the Marketplace Morning Report. He can be reached by phone at 860-275-7297 or by email: pskahill@ctpublic.org.

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